• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Closures and Missile Tests

    Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »

  • Summer Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »

  • Road Safety Corridor

    The first four miles of Dunes Drive is a road safety corridor. Slowing or stopping in the corridor is prohibited. Dune Life Nature and Playa trails are also temporarily closed. The staff of White Sands National Monument apologizes for the inconvenience.

Fun Activities

Are you looking for some fun activities that you can do and learn about the park, too? Well, we have created some neat activities that you can download and complete at home. We hope you like them!

Oh, and keep checking back-we'll be adding more!

** Please note that this is not a replacement for the Junior Ranger program. Children do not earn a badge or patch by completing these activities. For children who would like to earn a badge or patch, the Junior Ranger booklet can be obtained at the visitor center desk or one can be mailed to you.


Junior Ranger Word Search - Search the letter jumble for words about White Sands National Monument.

Lizzie the Lizard Coloring Page - Lizzie the Lizard is feeling a little bit bland. Give her some color!

Find the Visitor Center Maze - Lizze the Lizard is lost in the dunes! help her find her way back to the visitor center.

Fun Facts About White Sands - Here are some interesting things to know about White Sands National Monument.

Did You Know?

Satellite photo of dune field

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.